Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) is a culmination of efforts to initiate development work to empower communities in remote rural areas of NE India. Registered in the year 2011, under Societies Registration Act (SRA), 1860, SeSTA was conceived to put systematic effort for socio-economic development of NE by building capabilities of poor communities, promoting and strengthening their institutions to facilitate them out of poverty and meaningfully participate in the global economy.
SeSTA collectivizes women to form Self Help Groups (SHGs), builds their capabilities and strengthens livelihood systems to alleviate mass poverty in far flung villages of Northeast India. Scientific agriculture interventions in food crop and vegetable crops, Natural Resources Management and supporting the intensification and diversification of other livelihoods portfolio like goat rearing, piggery, fisheries, mushroom cultivation, access to clean energy, work on gender justice and governance has helped economically and socially empower communities in these villages.
in 2 States
organized under SHG platform- a democratic institution owned and managed by women
working with SeSTA currently
with Livelihood support
through SRI paddy cultivation
in various states of North East with support from SRLM
India Development Marketplace Award 2014 by World Bank
Chief Minister’s Best Action Award for Community Development for Bongaigaon district in 2014
Let's hear from people
“SeSTA is the reflection of sheer dedication and commitment of a bunch of young professionals in voluntary sector. When youths are so committed, they are going to succeed. However, it would not have been possible without the help of our esteemed donors, partner organizations and the beneficiaries who bestowed their confidence on us. Over the years we could touch lives of about 20,000 families by improving livelihood through leveraging existing resources and skill sets. It is heartwarming to see thousands of empowered women in far flung areas whose stories are inspiring many. I hope such co-operation of all stake holders will continue in the years to come in our journey to empower needy from the marginal sections of the society."
“The Village Organisation (VO) helps us to get need-based livelihood specific training and enhance our food security. Earlier we never did SRI and had no idea about it as we were only aware of our traditional method of paddy cultivation. In addition to SRI, now we are also involved in vegetable cultivation, horticulture and organic manure preparation, vermin composting and organic pest medicine preparation”
"Nowadays, we hear a lot of corruption in NGO at various levels and I have read articles claiming that 99% of NGOs are money making devices. There are however some which fall in the remaining 1%. I firmly believe that SeSTA is one of them and two pillars of the organisation are integrity and professionalism. SeSTA also facilitated multiple visits to the remote areas where the work can be seen firsthand and interact with the people of the region. The impact it creates in the lives of people is heartwarming and for people like us, it is indeed an eye opener."